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#1 CRUSH : THE EYE OF FAITH in the City!

We had the honour of shooting with Style Group for The City of Hamilton in a feature focusing on Hamilton’s burgeoning fashion scene.

Hamilton has always been known as a city of grit and steel, which is often why it ends up the backdrop for so many Hollywood flicks ( ie. Guillermo Del Toro’s Oscar winning picture The Shape of Water is literally littered in Hamilton, and there are so many more!), so its not exactly the first city you think of in Canada when it comes to fashion.

But, according to Statistics Canada, Hamilton is in fact in the top 5 hubs of fashion in Canada – so that’s pretty “eye” opening! We are lucky enough to be one of the city’s featured designers in a short video featuring some of Hamilton’s top designers including yours truly, The Eye of Faith!

Here’s a clip they made of especially for our designs! We were really inspired by a 90s Romeo & Juliet essence with this one and wanted to showcase two head turning looks that were from different worlds, but intrinsically connected. Our models Geoffrey William and Danielle Brandino capture the mood gloriously!

Video produced by STYLE GROUP @stylegroupphoto

On top of this wicked video, photographer Derrick Van Der Kolk took so many awesome shots that capture the vibrancy of downtown Hamilton, and the unique energy we hope to exude with our designs!

I would die for you
I would die for you
I’ve been dying just to feel you by my side
To know that you’re mine

– Garbage, “#1 Crush”

Here’s a taste . . .

 

 

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.”

-William Shakespeare, “Romeo & Juliet”

Thanks for watching!

Until next time,

{theEye}

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NOTE: We will be getting up some of our original, one of a kind, handmade pieces from vintage textiles online for sale soon, so stay tuned! 

Remember, to check out our selection of time traveled vintage styles in our {SHOP}. Use XIXIXI to get 25% OFF.

Stay stylish and sustainable.

{STYLE IDOL} Jean-Michel Basquiat


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{French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃ miˈʃɛl baskija]; December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988}

1. artist. style icon. 

2. academic; a little underground; a little street; archaic African; American hip-hop; Classic; Refined; Cultured; Gritty; Nitty; Bad Ass; Post-Punk; Anti-Conservative; Painted. Layered; Tough; Rugged; Tribal; NYC. 

3. timeless. 

4. cool. 

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I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.

-Jean Michel Basquiat

I thought I was going to be a bum the rest of my life.

-Jean Michel Basquiat

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{STYLE WISE} Wild for Kicks! ‘Beat Girl’Est Tres Chic!

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From the cusp of 1960’s culture came a film documenting wild teen tomfoolery and squaller.  Daughter of local divorced architect father, was born Jenny; an impressionably sexy young woman who falls into the towns scene of beatnik culture and electric youth.

When Jenny’s divorced father Paul marries a Parisian woman named Nichole, Jenny’s distaste for the new woman in her life is immediate.  Her now ‘mother’ is not much older than vibrant Jenny which infuriates the teased haired beauty.  In a tit for tat attempt to expose Nichole’s seedy past, Jenny begins a journey into the dark side that is deeper than she could ever have planned for.  Discovering Nichole’s root’s in the unsavoury night scene abound with strippers and rock’n roll, Jenny is determined to undermine and manipulate Nichole to get whatever the fuck she wants.  Bad girl antics ensue while attracting the attention of Kenny, owner of the dance hall.

Full of cheese-ball rebels and hot girls this flick from 1960 delivers action and vulgarity.  We surely recommend this one if you are in the mood for a badass black and white.  We know we can never get enough of greaser culture and faster kill pussycats, this flick may just get you to buy a leather jacket and bleach your hair platinum blonde… but we suggest avoiding games of ‘chicken’ despite the peer pressure.

Until next time,

{theEye}

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The Eye of Faith Presents A Vintage Showcase {in Five Parts} : Sunday, September 13, 2015 @Supercrawl ! ! !

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This year we are super psyched to not have just one fashion show, but two at this year’s Supercrawl  three day extravaganza where art, music, fashion take over the streets of downtown Hamilton! It has become an internationally recognized must-see event, and our Sunday show will be the cherry on the top of the cake for us at The Eye of Faith; getting the chance to showcase the undying awesomeness of all things vintage!

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We put up a few tidbits of our +HOLLYWOOD BABYLON+ collection on the site, and also gave you a sneak peak at the mood boards for the {FIVE PARTS} of the Sunday Showcase, so be sure to mark your calendars and get yourself one of the 200 seats that will be inside the epic Supercrawl Fashion Zone Tent this year.

For those who have been following us, you know our philosophy is that of bringing the {PAST} to the {PRESENT} to influence the {FUTURE}, and we hope to really bring this ideal to life in the Sunday show. We have 24 models, and nearly 100 looks curated through our own collection as well as our good friends at Vintage Soul Geek, and Lost & Found Vintage!

 

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The past is another land, not too far beyond our reach!

Lets invoke the spirits of style, and make the world a better place.

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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The Eye of Faith Presents +Hollywood Babylon+ September 12, 2015 @ 3pm SUPERCRAWL 2015

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It’s almost that time of year again! Supercrawl is going to take over the streets for three days of music, fashion, art, and FUN. Last year was a blast, and we’re so excited to announce that we will be taking over the Supercrawl Fashion Tent not once, but TWICE this year.

We will be debuting +HOLLYWOOD BABYLON+, our first contemporary collection on Saturday September 12 at 3pm in the Supercrawl Fashion Zone Tent, so mark your calendars and save the day. If you will be around and would like VIP seats to our show give us an email at the.eye.of.faith@gmail.com!

Our collection was inspired by the decadence and decay of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Combining a street chic attitude with the textures and ease of 1930s/40s leisurewear; looks range from a Hollywood starlet enjoying an afternoon cocktail by the pool to dangerous ingenues in metallic evening gowns that put a meaning to “if looks could kill…”

It’s a bit of a departure for us, especially if you have been following our side since the beginning, but we felt this foray into womenswear would be the perfect breath of fresh air for us, as well as a chance to stretch our creative muscles in a totally new ‘fashion’.

Our biggest pull to this collection was in fact Veda Pierce, the sophisticated, driven, and treacherous daughter of Mildred Pierce in the classic neo-noir “Mildred Pierce”. Here is a girl who is striving to be ahead of the norm, worldly and too classy for her own good.

She’s not afraid to do anything to get what she wants in life, and on top of it all she is devastatingly gorgeous and talented to boot. Perhaps a little too dangerous and manipulative for most people’s liking, but she definitely helped spawn our imagination when setting out on this unique opportunity to showcase what we are all about….summoning the {PAST} into the {PRESENT} to help shape the {FUTURE}….

It’s going to be a stellar show, and much blood, sweat, and tears have gone into putting our best foot forward in what can only be described as a bold new chapter in our fashion careers, so don’t miss out! If you’ve noticed that we haven’t been posting too much on our blog this summer- this is why!

Our second show will be on Sunday September 13 in the Supercrawl Fashion Zone Tent from 3p-5p and will be an epic spectacle of vintage fashion aptly named The Eye of Faith Presents A Vintage Showcase!!! That’s right folks, we will be curating a two hour long fashion show featuring nothing but vintage head to toe, and will be taking audiences on a ride through time and into the +BEYOND+!!!

We will definitely be posting updates as they come so make sure to FOLLOW US on INSTAGRAM  and TWITTER (@theeyeoffaith) or LIKE US on FACEBOOOK (/theeyeoffaithvintage) to stay informed on all the exciting things we’re up to these days.

I’m pleased to announce that we will be partnering up with Vintage Soul Geek to create this epic showcase of vintage glory, and will also start carrying some select pieces of our collection in their shop come September so watch out!!! More on that soon…but in the meantime, check out our inspiration mood boards for The Eye of Faith Presents a Vintage Showcase!!!!

Got any looks to share, or must-have inspirations?

Let us know in the comments below!

Can’t wait to start getting back in the swing of things.

Much to talk about. But another time…

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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EXCITING THINGS ABOUND . . . THIS WEEKEND: VINTAGE MARKETPLACE 2015 !!!

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It’s that time of year again, and we are excited as ever to kick off the Spring (finally) with our first big show of the year at The Vintage Marketplace, which fortunately for us, is a hop, skip, and a jump from the store, at the Hamilton Convention Centre in the heart of downtown Hamilton!

The Vintage Marketplace boasts an impressive list of vendors from Southern Ontario and beyond, and should be a wicked event for all of us like-minded fashion nuts! After all, why spend a couple thousand dollars on an idea that has been recycled time and time again when you can go back tot he roots and have the real thing!

We’re concentrating on signature E.O.F. style and bringing forth plenty of metallic, out-of-this-world, historic, esoteric, unusual, and rare pieces for the show, so if you can make it – DON’T MISS OUT!!

Our friend, and fellow blogger, Kristen Archer of I Heart Hamilton did a post on last year’s event at the Careport Centre if you want a taste of what you might expect from this year’s show!

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Remember also, if you can’t make it, you can always invoke us using the internet!

Shop the {SHOP} and use code XIXIXI at the checkout for 25 % OFF.

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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+ Happy Saturday + {MUSIC MINUTE} Baltimora – “Tarzan Boy” + ATLANTIS Rising !!! A Little Witch Pop never Hurt Anyone #seapunk #junglelife

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Give me the order! Give me the order! Ohhhhh Ohhh Ohhhhh Ohhhh. . . 

So, Happy Saturday! Thanks for a great +Art Crawl+

Those we saw, and those we didn’t . . .

Been digging the summer?

Jungle life.

[Props to our girl Whit at Girl on the Wing – check out her safari window on King St. W]

This one’s for you . . .

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NOTE how everyone be using them green screens for this same effect.

Here’s one example (and I’m not mad at it)

In fact, I love me some Ay-Yo-Ay-Yo-I-Hear-You’re-Riding-On-The-Same-Tall-Tall-Tale, especially on a Saturday night!

And, I know you might too! So, enjoy this one also . . .

It’s a double, on the house, from The Eye of Faith!

Oh, and in case you’re like wha?

It’s Azealia Banks.

She’s our girl.

But really.

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ATLANTIS

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a legendary island, first mentioned by Plato, said to have existed inthe Atlantic Ocean west of Gibraltar and to have sunk beneath thesea, but linked by some modern archaeologists with the island ofThera, the surviving remnant of a much larger island destroyed by avolcanic eruption c1500 b.c
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A little WITCH POP never hurt anybody.

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{theEye}

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Our New Shop on James Street North!

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For all you folks who might not be able to check out the excitement in the near future, here’s a glimpse of what we have in store our new store!

Of course, we’ve kept it true to our focus on cool vintage menswear, and our signature ladies collection, but we were also able to display our collection of housewares, books, VHS, accessories, art, and some of our archive of vintage photographs that truly showcase the metamorphosis of all things {PAST}, {PRESENT}, and {FUTURE}.

We are so excited to join the community here on James St. North District!

Enjoy, and thanks to Hawk & Sparrow, and everyone for all the support, and all those who helped make this all possible. And of course, a special thanks to our timeless emblem and mascot – The Eye of Faith for always keeping us on track to our destinies.

3 Years in the making, and it’s all happening . . .

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So if you’re in the area of historic Hamilton, Ontario be sure to visit us DOWNSTAIRS of 126 JAMES STREET N      (Hawk & Sparrow) from 12p – 6p TUESDAYS through SATURDAYS

See you there!

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Feel free to share the news with all yours friends and fellows!

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Soundtracks of my LIFE: “HANNAH AND HER SISTERS” (1986)

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No, not Hannah from GIRLS . . . “Hannah and Her Sisters” – one of Woody Allen’s best and most classic films he ever made chronicling the eccentric lives of well, Hannah, and her sisters.

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Dianne Wiest won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Michael Caine was dubbed Best Supporting Actor of the year, as well as a deserved win for the film’s hilarious screenplay. It appropriately captures the life and longings of living in a metropolitan city in the age of the moderns.

It’s bold yet subtle, and the film has a lot to owe to it’s exquisite curation of oldies and classics to make the film’s iconic soundtrack.

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Don’t you find that sometimes there are soundtracks that much up perfectly to your state-of-mind or point-in-life in the most remarkable way, you’d swear they were handcrafted for you. In a way, they were, and with each passing mood and memory, you are bound to find another soundtrack that uplifts that particular spirit.

That’s why I’m always scouring for new old ones, and old new ones to help make my world a more beautiful and inspiring place.

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Sometimes only the songs really understand . . .

Enjoy this, the complete soundtrack to Woody Allen’s “Hannah and her Sisters”. Not sure what it says about me at the moment, but it fits my mood just right. Maybe I’ve got a little bit of the January Jones blues . . .

What do you think our choice says about our moment? Let us know in the comments below!

We’ll be posting more of these as the moods strike.

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Sincerely,

{theEye}

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STYLE {WISE} Mens Vintage Workwear Inspiration – “You Better Work!”

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Since the dawn of civilization, man has been hard at work building the great cities we live in, gathering the food we eat, and finding the resources we need to stay afloat on this mad wild planet. It’s never been easy, but someone’s got to do it. So next time you’re walking down the sidewalk, or taking a stroll down the grocery isle, save a thought for the hoards of men and women who have put their blood, sweat, and tears into making the vision of this world a reality for us all.

We too have been hard at work, here at The Eye of Faith, gathering our wares, making connections, and always delving deep into our well of inspiration for new musings for all of our devoted friends and followers. So what better an inspiration for our STYLE {WISE} Series, than the world of work. We all know it, and there’s no doubt that this realm has become a constant staple in the minds of style aficionados worldwide.

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From the bandanas and kerchiefs (to cover the mouth from dust, dirt, and other particles), the jaunty caps and fedoras (to shield the eyes from the sun), the heavy work boots (to tread the rugged land), the flannel shirts (to keep one warm in the chill), and of course, the ultimate gift of the working man – DENIM. Where would we be without it? You can spend upwards of $1000 these days for a pair of jeans, but over a hundred years ago this extra strong material in all its hues of blue was the fabric of the working man who couldn’t afford to not wear this shell of durability.

Look around today, and you’ll still see all the staples and conventions of classic mens workwear. It’s everywhere you look these days, even with women’s clothing. In fact, it’s kind of a craze in many places (most especially Japan and Korea), to get that one-of-a-kind authentic vintage workwear piece that will elevate your outfit above and beyond anything you could find at the mall or high street.

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Indeed, vintage mens workwear is continually coming to the forefront, so we thought it appropriate to give it a little praise ourselves. So sit back and enjoy this {STYLE-WISE} gallery dedicated to Mens Vintage Workwear Inspiration!

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So next time you see a cool kid sporting a pair of Levi’s and a plaid button-up shirt and cap, hopefully your mind will go straight to the men at work, and the inspiration they have left, and the legacy of style we continue from the 19th and into the 21st Century!

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{theEye}

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